Recover better, stand up for Human Rights – that is the theme of this year’s Human Rights Day on 10th December. The EU Delegation in Geneva marked this important day with several webinars and social media campaigns. To reach out to a younger audience, the EU Human Rights Team ‘went back to school’ to share in virtual discussions with young people across Europe insights about their work on several human rights issues.
The 22nd EU-NGO Human Rights Forum, this year held virtually, brought together human rights defenders, tech and human rights experts, representatives from civil society and social media platforms, UN experts and EU officials from over a 110 countries to discuss the impact of new technologies on human rights. The Forum was co-organised by the EEAS, the European Commission and the Human Rights and Democracy Network.
This year we mark Human Rights Day while the whole world is tackling an unprecedented challenge: the COVID-19 pandemic. Far from being outdated, the fundamental rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights signed in 1948 are more relevant than ever: the universality and indivisibility of human rights is critical in addressing this crisis and in shaping the post-COVID-19 world. “Today it is more important than ever to recall that human rights are universal and indivisible, and that our efforts to defend them can never stop”, said the High Representative Josep Borrell in a declaration on behalf of the European Union.
The EU marks the International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime. Paying homage to the victims will always be needed to acknowledge their suffering, and also to remind us of what we must collectively defend to prevent it from happening again.